The Whole Mess and Other Stories

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5.5 X 8.5 X 0.75 inches | 0.94 pounds

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About the Author
JACK SKILLINGSTEAD's Harbinger was nominated for a Locus Award for best first novel. His second novel, Life on the Preservation, was a finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award. He has published more than forty short stories to critical acclaim and was short-listed for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award and his work has been translated internationally.

"Full of stories that expand and challenge the mind, this collection cements Jack Skillingstead as a master of the short form." - John Joseph Adams, editor of Lightspeed Magazine and series editor of Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy

"These stories are pre-eminently about real people making their hardest choices. A master of the many worlds of science fiction, Jack Skillingstead is also one of our most humane writers." - James Patrick Kelly, winner of the Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards

"Jack Skillingstead's stories are challenging and intriguing, often touching, always fascinating. He's a writer who proves that science fiction can have heart. I can't recommend this collection highly enough." - Louisa Morgan, author of A Secret History of Witches

"The Whole Mess is a beautifully crafted exploration of the human heart told through the broad palette of science fiction." - Brenda Cooper, author of Edge of Dark and The Silver Ship and the Sea.

"This is a wonderful collection of stories about people caught in challenging situations who desperately need to both figure what's going on and how to extricate themselves from their dire and disorienting circumstances. Jack Skillingstead has an amazing ability to bring us right into the thoughts of his characters and make us feel they are our own." - Sheila Williams, editor of Asimov's Science Fiction

"Skillingstead has honed science fiction to its sharpest cutting edge . . . Beautiful, daring, imaginative - this collection secures Jack's legacy as one of the masters of modern science fiction." - Ted Kosmatka, author of The Flicker Men and The Games

"Jack Skillingstead explores how we experience reality, parallel realities, artificial intelligence, and the slippery nature of the heart in this important and thought-provoking addition to the SF library." - James Van Pelt, author of Summer of the Apocalypse

​​"[Skillingstead's] a craftsman. His sentences are spare and clean, the paragraphs balanced, yet there are so many moments that rise toward poetry. He has a gift for finding new, graceful ways to describe things we've all experienced and seen in print a thousand times." - Daryl Gregory, author of Spoonbenders and Revelator